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Addison Russell said Maddon started talking about baseball magic then brought out the magician for the real stuff

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Apparently magician was really good. Travis Wood picked a card and a few seconds later the guy pulled it out of Justin Grimm's back pocket

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I know. Lots of jokes to be had w a magician inside the Cubs clubhouse. Did he make ______ERA disappear ?

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Chris Sale goes for record-tying 8th straight game w/ 10+ K’s, facing Cardinals. STL: T5th for most games with 10+ K’s vs. opposing SP

Candlestick demolition nearly complete

Construction crews continue taking apart the San Francisco ballpark, the former home of the Giants and 49ers, which hosted its final event last year. The site eventually will become home to a mix of houses, hotels and shops.


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Joey Gallo, sent to Triple-A, hit 5 HRs with Rangers; avg distance: 440.4 feet, 2nd to Joc Pederson (450.3) (min. 2 HRs in June)

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Joey Gallo sent to Triple-A after he struck out in 43.9% of plate appearances; struck out 43X, 9 more than any other player since his debut

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Joey Gallo's line last night: 1 for 5, 4 K, 1 triple. 18th to have that line, including Rickey, Cito Gaston, Frank Howard & Reggie Sanders!

Rangers activate Josh Hamilton

The outfielder said he was "good to go" Monday and has been activated from the DL today. The team optioned Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock.

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Sonny Gray scratched from tonight's start. Gray ranks first in AL in ERA (2.09) and well-hit average (.078), second in opponent OPS (.533)

Yankees GM: CC not leaving rotation

Brian Cashman said there is no chance CC Sabathia (3-8, 5.59 ERA) will be removed from the starting rotation: "We're going to continue to give him every opportunity to work through this for the foreseeable future."

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Bowden: Identifying MLB's trade sellers

Among the teams who are likely to be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline are the Brewers, who must try and persuade teams that SS Jean Segura can return to his rookie form and that 3B Aramis Ramirez has something left in the tank. 10 likely sellers (Insider)

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How good are the Royals?

Tim Kurkjian explains to SportsCenter that the Royals are the best team in a weak American League thanks to great defense and a strong bullpen.


Trout's career HR total: 500? 600?

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian told SportsCenter: "He'll have more than 500. Sure about that. And we're still almost 400 short of that. That's how confident we are."